11/17/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week
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But luckily, some influential health organizations are starting to take notice. Most recently, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) has released a call to action, encouraging local, state, and national leaders to enforce a start time no earlier than 8:30 for middle schools and high schools. Other organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Society of Pediatric Nurses, have echoed this call. Experts are recognizing the fact that teens' sleep cycle changes during puberty, where teens are more rested when they stay up a little later and sleep in a little more. To read more about the sleep epidemic affecting teens, check out Generation Zzzzzzz.
When 13-year-old Jordan Phillips found out her mom had breast cancer, she wanted to make a difference to help find a cure. She got the idea to sew coffee-cup sleeves, and made $500 in one night! Now, Jordan has created her own non-profit, called Cozys for a Cure, and has donated $18,000 to the breast cancer foundation, Susan G. Komen. In honor of breast cancer awareness, Jordan's "cozys" will be on sale in Wal-Mart stores across the country through the month of November.
According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, long hours spent on electronic devices, like phones, computers, and tablets, correlated with an increase in thoughts of alienation, leading to depression and suicidal thinking among teens. Study leaders suggest that one or two hours each day isn't harmful, but it's when teens are online three, four, and five hours (or more) that issues tend to arise. This particular study looked at 500,000 teens ages 13-18, asking them a series of questions to determine risk of depression. Based on the questions, 16 percent of teens in 2010 showed signs of depression, and in 2015, 22 percent showed signs. And the increase from 2010–2015 could be seen mostly among teenage girls.